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Northern Cardinal in Flight
I was happy to get a sharp pic of this Northern Cardinal as he took off from his perch on a cholla branch to head elsewhere. These little birds are so darn fast! I waited and waited for him to take off, and this time, I got the perfect shot.
A perennial favorite among people, the Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states. The distinctive crest can be raised and pointed when agitated or lowered and barely visible while resting. You typically see cardinals moving around in pairs during the breeding season, but in fall and winter they can form fairly large flocks of a dozen to several dozen birds.